Past Quotes

Marcus aurelius antoninus - deem not life a thing of consequence. for look at...
For there is no greater pain, than to remember in present grief, past happinesses.
Dante, The Divine Comedy

The President seems to extend executive privilege way out past the atmosphere. What he says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock.
Sam Ervin
John buchan - we can pay our debt to the past by putting the...
A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.
Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954
The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
John Sladek

We do not live to extenuate the miseries of the past nor to accept as incurable those of the present.
Fairfield Osborne
The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.
I Ching
Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.
Dr. Dale E. Turne
It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
Jim Bishop
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
William Shakespeare
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.
Thomas Sowell, Is Reality Optional?, 1993
A strange thing is memory, and hope one looks backward, and the other forward one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses
To live in the past or in the future may be less satisfying than to live in the present, but it can never be as disillusioning.
R. D. Laing
Throwing a fastball to Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak the sun past a rooster.
Curt Simmons
Sir winston churchill - it might be said that lord rosebery outlived his...
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
Ronald Reagan
The future is the past returning through another gate.
Arnold Glasgow
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
Thomas Carlyle
These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
Vernon Coope
Past and to come seem best things present worst.
Mary Bertone
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Thse who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
We think very little of time present; we anticipate the future, as being too slow, and with a view to hasten it onward, we recall the past to stay it as too swiftly gone. We are so thoughtless, that we thus wander through the hours which are not here, regardless only of the moment that is actually our own.
Blaise Pascal
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.
Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004
Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens
Four things come not back - - The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.
Arabian Prove
The past is a guide post, not a hitching post.
L. Thomas Holdcroft
We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear - Brought experience.
George Washington
The first recipe for happiness is Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
Andr Maurois
I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, cattle, barns, and farming tools, for these are more easily acquired than gotten rid of. Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labour in.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
He who controls the past controls the future.
George Orwell, "Nineteen Eighty - Four".
Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward - Your destiny - Are here and now.
Dag Hammarskjold, newpaper quote of the day
I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.
Herb Caen
The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.
Robert Green Ingersoll
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte
No facts are to me sacred none are profane I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no Past at my back.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.
Anatole France
The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.
Rene Descartes
The present is a rope stretched over the past. The secret to walking it is, you never look down.
Sean Stewart, Perfect Circle, 2004
I have made good judgements in the Past. I have made good judgements in the Future.
Dan Quayle